Alene Moris Women’s Center

Message from the Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In solidarity:

The Women’s Center welcomes people of all ages and identities.  It has a vital mission to build a culture of gender equity on our campus, in our community, and around the world.  The center’s programs and services promote access to excellence and inspire students and community members to achieve their educational and life aspirations.

We believe that education is the ultimate equalizer.  Our educational programs include: individualized services, pre-college engagement, skills training, leadership development, violence prevention and anti-human trafficking policy development, research, and community outreach to create a more inclusive and compassionate society. Cunningham Hall, the building that houses the Women’s Center, was constructed in 1909 and originally named “The Women’s Building”. It was later renamed in honor of the groundbreaking female photographer and UW alumnus (1907) Imogen Cunningham. This is just one example from the rich history of women’s rights and gender resiliency work the building itself embodies.

For the past 25 years, I have witnessed the tremendous growth and impact of our work in the lives of countless women, men, and people of all ages who believe in working together as partners and contributors to the Center and the larger community.

I am grateful to our village of supporters: over 100 active volunteers, mentors, tutors, staff members, faculty, UW administrators, and our financial contributors.  Our success is a testament to the dedication of our village to our shared mission, gender equity, which is paramount to creating a more just and inclusive world. Thank you!

Gratefully and sincerely,

Sutapa Basu, Ph.D
Executive Director, UW Women’s Center